Utah National Guard looks into how Mayor Brent Taylor died in Afghanistan

DRAPER, Utah - A press conference was held Sunday on North Ogden Mayor Brent Taylor, who was killed while serving in Afghanistan, and Utah Governor Gary Herbert celebrated him as a man who strived to serve his community.

Herbert and Major General Jeff Burton of the Utah National Guard spoke at the conference.

“It’s with heavy hearts we announce the passing of Major Mayor Brent Taylor,” said Maj. Gen. Burton. “Major Taylor remains an active part of our lives though he is not with us now.”

Burton said Taylor was not serving with any Utah National Guard units at the time of his death but was supporting special operations to train the national army in Afghanistan.

The circumstances around Taylor’s death are being investigated.

Major Taylor Burton said the attacker was a member of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces. 

Once the attacker fired at Taylor, the individual was killed immediately by Afghan forces. 

“Believe me, they’re hurt by this as well,” said Burton. 

One other U.S. soldier was injured during the attack. 

Both Herbert and Burton highlighted Taylor’s passion for wanting to serve his community and country.

“Major Brent Taylor was a patriot whose personal life resonated with excellence,” said Herbert.

Herbert also expressed his condolences and support to Taylor’s wife and seven children.

“The most important thing is to support his family, his wife Jenny and seven children,” he said. “We are calling on everybody to help them.”

Because that’s what Taylor would’ve done.

A GoFundMe for Taylor’s family has been set up to assist the family during this time.